On the ninth day of Christmas, JESUS gave to me Mansions above, A Robe and a Crown, A body glorified, Power from on high, Joy for my soul, Love for all men, Peace in my heart, Everlasting Life, and Salvation full and free.
In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. John 14:2 KJV
I learnt this scripture many years ago in Sunday school but this week I took some time to think about the words. A mansion is a large impressive house according to dictionary.com. Interestingly, Jesus is saying here that His father’s house (singular), comprises many large houses. This caught my attention! My mind went back to the story of when Jesus was driving away those selling in the temple. He said “my house will be a house of prayer” again singular use of the word house.
In this season, I am reminded that there are many Christians from all over the world that are celebrating the birth of Jesus into the world; not all of them belong to the same denomination. Some are Catholics, Protestants, Pentecostals, Apostolics and what have you. God’s expectation of all Christians all over the world is that they together, regardless of race and creed form one house. The scripture from John above is true of our eternal home in heaven but even more so true of how we live on earth: On earth as it is in heaven!!
You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:5 NIV
Together, all denominations that truly call upon the name of the Lord build a spiritual house: the house of prayer where acceptable sacrifices are offered unto God. So in this season, let’s not be divided by which church or which faith one belongs to. We are many mansions in God’s house.